In less than 100 days in 2020, the Sars-Cov-2 virus has infected a million people and killed 50,000(AP)
In less than 100 days in 2020, the Sars-Cov-2 virus has infected a million people and killed 50,000(AP)

1,000,000 cases in world and India’s supply woes: Covid-19 news today

Amid a supply crunch of consumer items across states, businesses blame lean inventories on panic buying and transportation curbs.
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON APR 03, 2020 10:22 AM IST

In less than 100 days in 2020, the Sars-Cov-2 virus has infected a million people and killed 50,000, ripping through 203 countries in a rampage that will have a deep economic, social and psychological impact. India, where infections have crossed 2,000, is battling an immediate fallout of a virus-induced lockdown. Amid a supply crunch of consumer items across states, businesses blame lean inventories on panic buying and transportation curbs.

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